July 26, 2012 by Marci
Last night, our mid-week bible study at church was led by a retired minister who now attends our church. He is a gifted teacher and storyteller. (You can read his blog HERE.) As he was teaching, he told this story.
A young girl wanted desperately to have the lead role in the school play. When it came time to announce the cast, the lead was given to someone else and the girl was given a much smaller role. Crushed, the girl went home.
In tears, the girl explained to her mother how she did not get not lead role and that she was given a much smaller part in the play. The mother drew the crying girl into her arms and comforted her. After the girl had calmed down a bit, the mother showed the girl her watch. “Look at how the two hands move. They tell us what time it is.”
The mother, then opened the back of the watch. “Look at all these little pieces and parts. Without them, those two hands would be worthless. It takes all those little parts to make the watch work. If you take even the smallest part away, they entire watch will stop.” Even the smallest of parts is important.
Many of us get caught up in our “small roles” in life. We somehow think that if we aren’t involved in a certain organization or that if we aren’t on certain committees or that if we don’t work or if we just say home with the kids…. that we aren’t important. That our roles are too small. Those thoughts are false and busyness.
No matter what our role is, whether it be wife, mother, aunt, sister, daughter, friend, we are important. Our lives matter. They matter to our families and our friends in ways we can’t imagine. They matter to God. It makes’s me think of the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Poor George Bailey thought his life, his role, didn’t matter. He got to see that it really did. We shouldn’t need an angel to show us how important our role in life is. Just think about it.
Don’t ever think your part is too small to matter.
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